Steamboat girls soccer makes playoffs, to face Windsor in 1st round

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— They know the who and the where, and the when should get settled Monday.

Now it's down to business for the Steamboat Springs High School girls soccer team, which found out Sunday that it was traveling to Windsor this week for the first round of the Class 4A state tournament.

The Sailors were assigned the No. 25 seed. The Wizards are No. 8.

In Windsor, Steamboat clearly has a challenge. The team is 13-1 and went undefeated through the Tri-Valley League, usually winning with authority and by an average of four goals.

The Wizards allowed only 10 goals all season and scored five or more eight times.

Steamboat coach Rob Bohlmann said Sunday evening that he hadn’t had a chance to study the looming opponent but that numbers like that can’t lie.

“They’re going to be a solid group,” he said. “They can attack, score goals and defend well as a group, and they probably are very solid with their goalkeeping. That’s an impressive record, and there’s a lot to be said for that.”

Windsor’s one loss came 3-2 against Lewis Palmer early in April.

Steamboat enters the game 9-3-3, fresh off a third-place finish in the Western Slope League championship tournament.

“The things we have going for us with this group is depth, character and a never-say-die mentality,” Bohlmann said. “We have a lot of momentum. The final third of the season, we got four wins and one tie. Now the question continues to be, ‘What can we do to become 10 percent sharper? What can we do to win more tackles? Can we become just a little sharper?’”

It’s unclear when Steamboat will get the answers to those questions. First-round games are scheduled for Tuesday by default, but Steamboat might require a waiver. The school was on spring break during statewide mandatory SAT testing for the junior class. The makeup date for the test is Tuesday, meaning there’s one whole class of Sailors that won’t be able to be released in time for a typical game.

The issue should be resolved Monday.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com

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